Kiper thinks 49ers can get tackle

April, 7, 2010
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ESPN's Mel Kiper, still in the early stages of an extended conference-call session with reporters, thinks the 49ers might be able to find their next right tackle at No. 17, later than I was thinking.

Kiper sees the 49ers possibly getting a cornerback such as Joe Haden at No. 13, then having a shot at Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis four picks later. He thought the 49ers then might look for a receiver with return skills in the second round. Minnesota's Eric Decker and Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard were receivers Kiper mentioned as possibilities.

Kiper pointed to Davis as a tackle with top-five talent, but enough question marks to slip the way Michael Oher did last year. That would be a fortuitous scenario for the 49ers and one that seems a little unlikely, at least to me.

A general manager I spoke with this week said he thought a tackle could be off the board among the top three picks, with the Redskins selecting tackle Trent Williams at No. 4 under that scenario. If the Chiefs also took a tackle -- Iowa's Bryan Bulaga, for example -- an early run on tackles could make the 49ers sweat.

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